The GOP’s Brazen Assault on Voting Rights

Rachel Maddow had a very important segment on her show Tuesday night about what the Republicans in control of North Carolina are doing to make it far more difficult for college students, especially black students, to vote in that state. They're shutting down polling places at historically black colleges, making it far more difficult for students to vote. Seriously, how brazen and obvious could this be? They aren't even pretending that this has anything to do with any goal other than to rig … [Read more...]

Restore Voting Rights of Ex-Felons

If you've read Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness -- and you really should, it's an incredibly important book -- you know how our criminal justice system has, intentionally or not, reestablished the reality of the Jim Crow south. Our obsessive focus on drugs and the obsessive focus within that problem on black drug sellers and users (who use and sell drugs at the same rate as whites) has resulted in millions of black men in particular in … [Read more...]

Conservative Legal Scholars Slam VRA Ruling

Two of the most prominent conservative legal scholars in the country, including one who has long been on a short list of potential Supreme Court nominees for Republican presidents, slammed the court's ruling in the Voting Rights Act case in interviews with Nina Totenberg. … [Read more...]

The Republican Boy Who Cried Wolf

Every election we hear from some Republican politician -- always a Republican -- that there was rampant voter fraud. They will often point to some numerical discrepancy that sounds compelling but they always fall apart on examination. The latest example is from South Carolina: … [Read more...]

The Real Problem With the Voting Rights Act Ruling

This morning, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Shelby County v Holder, which challenged two sections of the Voting Rights Act, first passed in 1966 but reauthorized several times, most recently in 2006 by a nearly unanimous vote of Congress. There's some good news and some bad news in that ruling, which can be viewed here. … [Read more...]

More Republican Petition Fraud in VA

Remember during last year's election when Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry didn't get on the ballot for the Republican primary in Virginia? It turns out that's because the petitions their campaign turned in to get on the ballot were full of fake signatures. And one of them has now pleaded guilty to election fraud. … [Read more...]

TX Tea Party Leader Doesn’t Want Blacks to Vote

Republican leaders in Texas held a conference last weekend to talk about how to prevent that state from going Democratic in the next few years as demographic shifts suggest that's entirely possible. And one Tea Party leader, probably thinking he was safe in a room full of allies, blurted out the truth: … [Read more...]

Florida Reverses Voter Suppression Laws

In a rare case of apparently doing the right thing, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has signed into law a bill that reverses most of the changes made after he came into office that made it more difficult to register and vote in that state, causing long lines and chaos on election day. … [Read more...]

Barton, Blackwell, Voting Rights and Tribalism

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell went on the Wallbuilders radio show with David Barton and Rick Green and they made quite possibly the dumbest argument imaginable on the subject of the many Republican plans to pass out presidential electoral votes by congressional district. … [Read more...]

More Voter Suppression in Ohio

Republicans continue their utterly shameless campaign to make voting as difficult as possible for anyone who isn't likely to vote for them. In Ohio, they're trying to pass a bill that would punish schools that help students register and vote at the university rather than where they come from. … [Read more...]

NC Tries to Suppress the Student Vote

The latest example of Republican voter suppression may be the worst bill yet. The North Carolina Senate now has a bill that would make it far more difficult for college students to vote in a number of ways, while also reducing early voting days and hours. … [Read more...]

A Strong Argument for Keeping Section 5

As the Supreme Court considers whether to declare Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, Alan Abramowitz offers a very compelling argument for why the preclearance requirement is still necessary even if racism is not the primary reason that motivates illegal voting restrictions. … [Read more...]


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